Matt Gaetz is an attorney with the firm of Keefe, Anchors, and Gordon in Fort Walton Beach. Serving his community and advocating for his neighbors has been his passion since early childhood.
The son of Don and Vicky Gaetz, Matt grew up in our community — graduating from Bluewater Elementary School, Ruckel Middle School and Niceville High School. After earning his Bachelors degree at Florida State University, Matt went on to graduate from the William of Mary College of Law.
Following law school, Matt returned to Northwest Florida to practice law, quickly making a name for himself while advocating for open government and against tax increases. Many know Matt for his pro-bono work as the chief litigator in the successful effort to bring the F-35 to Eglin AFB.
In 2010, Matt was elected to the Florida House of Representatives, where he has continued fighting to uphold our Northwest Florida conservative values. As Chairman of the Criminal Justice Subcommittee, Matt proved himself an effective leader, taking on some of the toughest issues facing Florida.
When many across the nation called for the repeal of Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law, Matt led the fight to keep the law intact. Under Matt’s leadership, his colleagues voted to reject any changes to Stand Your Ground, preserving our right to defend our homes and families.
Upon learning of a non-euphoric strain of Medical Marijuana whose benefits include preventing seizures in children without causing a “high”, Matt successfully sponsored legislation legalizing the strain. Named for a young girl who experienced a dramatic drop in seizures when using the non-smokable drug, Charlotte’s Web is currently being implemented in Florida.
Matt currently chairs the House Finance & Tax Committee, where he continues to explore opportunities to reduce the tax burden on Florida’s families and businesses.
Matt is a member of First Baptist Church of Fort Walton Beach.
He is a member of the board of directors of the Emerald Coast Marine Institute, an educational facility that seeks to turn around the lives of troubled youth. Matt is a Lifetime Member of the National Rifle Association and resides in Fort Walton Beach.